Disclaimer: I’ve known Celestine Trinidad’s brand of magical writing in the many speculative fiction anthologies she’s part of. Her stories were the ones that have always stood out and became memorable to me that she’s become one of my auto-buy / auto-read authors in the genre. Her first foray into romance was sort of an exciting thing for me as a fan of her work. But let me tell you nothing…and I mean NOTHING braced me for what was to come when I started reading Ghost of a Feeling.
I could definitely see this as an anime.
E.K. Gonzales’s Activated is a YA high fantasy story of young programmers who control the elements. I honestly think it’s a creative way of presenting magic apart from what we’re used to. E.K. has a way of telling stories that resound well because of the interesting characters that come along with it. E.K. has been writing since forever, mostly for speculative fiction anthologies both here and abroad. Her short stories have always been a personal favorite precisely because of the characters that are pretty much complex and three dimensional.
I may have taken a break from romance writing, but I’m still lurking more or less at the #romanceclass group. Writing classes within the group have always been there, always bringing about a fresh batch of authors with new stories. Last year when Celestine Trinidad joined the group and had her story pitched, I was hooked.
I came to know of Celestine when she was (and still is) a regular contributor to most speculative fiction anthology publications that I follow. I know for a fact that this woman writes awesome stories, and when I read that her story for #romanceclass has a different spin to most contemporary romances, I’d always been on the lookout on when she’d release her book. And it all comes down to Ghost of a Feeling.
Of course, this goes without saying that the book cover is a-w-e-s-o-m-e, thanks to the magic of Miles Tan. I already have this feeling of wanting to pick up this book and start reading.
Although I’ve come to know the author as a great purveyor of spec fic stories, you have to admit, the mysterious element in the blurb kind of makes think all sorts of questions on how the story adheres to the class’s rule of adhering to a contemporary setting (meaning no magic realism of any sort).
I know I have to wait until end of October to dig in, but I’m sure it’s going to be worth the wait!
Celestine Trinidad is a physician (particularly, a pathologist) by profession. In her spare time, she writes fiction of several genres, including romance, speculative fiction, crime fiction, and children’s stories. Her other stories have been published in other print and online venues, such as First Love, The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, Philippine Speculative Fiction, Philippines Free Press, Philippines Graphic, and Insignia. Her author website is http://celestinetrinidad.wordpress.com.
Reading Kristel Ann Cruz’s A Sky of Wishes was a nice, refreshing break from the fast-paced, gripping mysteries in all four #StrangeLit bundles. Reading this short story after all the other ones I’ve read brought everything in full circle. Cruz’s writing style is elegant in its simplicity, easy to relate to, and extremely engaging.
A Sky of Wishes starts off with a dilemma—Aries’s mom is diagnosed with cancer and he’s running out of options. He makes a fervent wish to the stars in the heavens in the hopes of a miracle. Little did he know he was going to get what he asked for, but at a very steep price.
I love the brilliance of this plot. While reading, I began to make my own conclusions and was actually rooting for a certain path Aries would take. A Sky of Wishes made me evaluate my own thoughts—what was I willing to give up for the sake of one important wish? Aries’s request was as valid as anyone’s, and I could tell right off the bat he was the kind of person who had a big heart. But even those with the kindest of intentions can stumble when faced with the most difficult of choices. But without spoiling anything, I was pleasantly surprised at the character’s choice. It left me pondering on my previous speculation, while making me appreciate why the choice had to happen. It was an unexpected, yet brilliant ending. And to have me come to terms with a personal epiphany is nothing short of a genius move.
About the Author
It boggles the mind how someone so shy and awkward found herself in Public Relations, but somehow Krissy makes it work. If she were a fictional character, she’d be a female Ted Mosby. Whether it be prose, poetry, a watercolor painting, or a craft project, she is happiest when she makes. Talk about books, movies, and lipsticks with her on www.krissyfied.com.
There was something interesting and mysterious just by the title and cover of Chrissie Peria’s short story, The Last Night of Her Wake. I’ve been a fan of Peria’s romance work and for her to write something outside that familiar space is an exciting thing as a reader. Reading The Last Night of Her Wake further solidified my belief that Peria can do no wrong and her writing chops is the stuff of magic.